À LA MODEST :: Conservative Indie Fashion Style Blogger - a la modest - a la mode st. - conservative indie style blog blogger

Fun Times, Fun Tights

February 21st, 2014

winter a la modest tights leggings leopard cat tiger grayson 2-19ba la modest tights leggings leopard cat tiger grayson winter a la modest tights winter leggings leopard print tiger cat a la modest tights leggings leopard cat tiger grayson winter a la modest leggings tights leopard print tiger cat winter

This outfit is inspired by the track with the “animal lunges” from my Les Mills Bodyflow 63 class! If you don’t know what that is, it’s a fun class that combines Tai Chi, Pilates, and yoga set to modern pop music which was all pre-selected by the company and not me (sorry, ya’ll).

I was wearing a vintage bathing suit as a top that had a mesh chest, so I wore a tan cami underneath! It may look like my chest but it isn’t. I should pick a different color next time!

These leopard print leggings are from Grayson. They have very reasonable prices on almost everything. I usually don’t wear leggings with prints at all, because they do emphasize the derriere and thick calves if you have them *ahem*! We are blessed that we are strong! I usually stick to black or solid dark colors. However, I decided to have fun with it at least while teaching and wear some printed tights to my class! 

Whenever I teach, I usually wear red streaks on a high pony tail and a beaded choker around my neck. Who says you can’t have fun with your clothes when you work out?

Below, you’ll find a video of me teaching wearing Grayson’s diamond print leggings. On time 11:38 of the video, you’ll see the first “animal lunge.”

This morning while I was searching for a nice devotional to spend my early mornings with, I stumbled upon this book called Made to Crave, which you can get on Amazon. I haven’t done devotionals in a long time or books that appear to be “self help” with just snippets of Bible verses in them. I noticed that I stopped reading the Bible as is when I turned to books like that, but it’s really better than no gospel at all. I tend to like more philosophical interpretations of the Bible versus practical and self help type stuff, so it’s hard for me to like typical devotionals… unless we’re talking about Oswald Chambers and the like.

Anyway, Made to Crave is a devotional.  It’s a devotional about helping people stop craving bad food and start craving the Word of God. However, it doesn’t just take your attention away from eating, it promotes healthy eating. Awesome. I hear so many Christians especially that will allow and even encourage unhealthy eating and lifestyles, because these aren’t “sins.” Sure, they may not be things that will lead our souls to eternal damnation, but they are things that most people are addicted with (without even knowing it), won’t let go of, and are controlled by. Sugar and gluten are always addictive and harmful no matter what you say about them. I’m happy that a devotional like this exists, even if the health advice in this book may not be the best… it’s still a great start!

 

Handy Dandy Ring Size Converter

February 13th, 2014

1927vintageringadsml

Above: Vintage 1927  article

I am so glad that there are online calculators for useful conversions, don’t you? Google has a built in converter for units, for example. So for a recipe you want to know, “how many ounces are there in 5 cups.” Their converter app will show up on the very top of the page before all of the search listings. I’m also quite happy about accurate bra size calculators I find online! I don’t mind going to stores to get fitted at all, but for those who are shy, a calculator will do just fine.

jewelrykindrings

You know what else is out there? A ring size converter! This might be especially useful for those who are getting ready to be married or if you’re already married, just  a quick way to have your ring readjusted without having to walk in a store.

Below you’ll find a calculator to convert your true ring size. Clicking the image below will go directly to the download of the no-install application made by Jewelry Kind (I love standalone files). It is the same company that sells the gorgeous rings posted above. They pride themselves in inexpensive sterling silver jewelry that anyone can afford, and I do think their prices are not bad at all! This may be the perfect place to get a post-Valentine’s Day gift for that special someone—including your mom and yourself!


© Developed by: http://www.JewelryKind.com

divider

Do you know what your ring size is?

Links à la Mode

January 30th, 2014

Thank you, IFB for picking one of my posts this week! Come check out new items added on my Etsy! Donations going to Philippine typhoon victims from each sale from my Etsy shop will end tomorrow. Do something to help those in need and keep something for yourself as well!

I am currently working on my AFAA and Les Mills certifications this week, so I will be gone for a bit trying to harness my concentration powers! Any other fitness professionals out there active in the fashion community?

Links a la Mode

The New Casual

Sneakers at Chanel Couture? Evening dresses to a picnic? Is there really any appropriate occasion to wear anything? Not anymore! Dress it up, dress it down, if you can make it work, all the better! This week we have a great roundup of news from Couture, Stockholm and Mens fashion week, as well as some style tips to put the new trends in action. So kick of your sneakers and pull up your chair, it’s going to be a great roundup this week!

Links à la Mode: January 30th

SPONSOR: East Dane Tumi, MM6, Zac Zac, Mr Kim, Adidas, Men’s Carven, LuliFama, Clothing, Red Ear, Jean Machine

stephaniemartinalibabaknockoff It goes without saying: if you compete in a fashion contest for $20,000 prize, you shouldn’t be wearing a Chinese knockoff.

But Stephanie Martin from the state of Queensland in Australia did just that: she bought her dress online for $60 and walked away with over $20,000 in prizes in the “Best Dressed” competition by the Australian fashion chain Myer on Saturday 11 January 2014.

stephaniemartinalibabaknockoff2

The brightly colored knockoff Alberta Ferretti dress from Spring 2014 collection (not available in stores as yet) that won Ms. Martin the accolades is currently being sold on Aliexpress for $69.

The Brisbane resident’s copycat dress beat over 100 entries by other competitors, many of whom spent thousands on their outfits.

Stephanie Martin’s prize included a diamond from Calleja Jewellers, thousands in shopping sprees and an all-expenses-paid 10-day trip for two to Melbourne, where Stephanie is set to compete with other state finalists for the title of “The Best Dressed Woman in Australia” in National Finals of Fashions on the Field competition during the Melbourne Cup. If Ms Martin wins the finals, her knockoff dress will score her additional $100,000 in prizes.

The judging panel of the fashion contest included several designers, fashion personalities and executives, as well as the editor of the Australian edition of Elle, all of whom, no doubt, must be very embarrassed now to have picked up a knockoff as the winner.

More on this story on On Track on Trend. Big image from collage from Myer’s Instagram.

divider

Now, I want to hear from you. Reactions?

hopshop

Before you dismiss this website that claims to be the ultimate online window shopping experience called HopShop, just take a moment to sit back and read on.

Unlike other portal shopping websites, HopShop recreates real life window shopping. You pass by a store at the mall, see something you like (or not) on their window display, then decide to buy it from them OR walk over to the next store to look at something else. You skip an item on the website by clicking Hop. You can “walk” back to the store or item you just passed by simply clicking Back. You can also save an item to your list, so you don’t forget it later.

Most shopping websites either center around their partner companies (forcing you to choose from ridiculously expensive items) or make you scroll through pages and pages of products. Our natural shopping experience isn’t like online, but HopShop combines the two worlds.

How to Use HopShop to Your Advantage

Use the filters. Don’t be afraid to go as low as $5 like I did in my filter above! I collected a bunch of items that appealed to me that were definitely within my current price range for buying shoes and tops. Many of these stores are also very familiar and can be found at most malls (eg. Charlotte Russe, Free People, NY & Co.)! The website is continually expanding, so bookmark it and see what other stores will be added.

cocoroselondon I keep my flats or sneakers in the backseat of my car ready to be switched with painful heels at the end of the day or night. Don’t you wish there was a way to stuff your shoes in your tiny purse when you want to do a quick switcheroo mid day? Solution: FOLDABLE FLATS! Cocorose is kindly giving away ANY of their innovative foldable flats pictured  above to two À LA MODEST readers! Contest ends 2/16.

divider

INSTRUCTIONS

Required:  Simply follow them on their social accounts: 1) Facebook, 2) Twitter, and 3) Instagram. Leave a comment here with each of your social accounts’ usernames once you’ve completed the job. Don’t forget to write your choice of flats!

Optional/extra entries: 1) Add À LA MODEST as a favorite on Etsy and/or like items, 2) Tweet the giveaway “WIN foldable flats @CocoroseLondon on @alamodest #StrikeACocopose #giveaway  http://alamodest.com/foldable-flats-cocorose” 3) Follow À LA MODEST on Instagram (or leave a comment), Bloglovin, Twitter, Google+, or Facebook.

Cocorose also has Youtube channel with their very own video productions called “London Unfolded.” Watch one episode below on the life of a ballerina.

Enjoy & good luck on winning a pretty pair!

 WINNERS: Caitlyn Stone & Leigh-Ann Murphy!

pinupdarling modest conservative vintage modern dresses knee length high kneck bodycon

Oh my, check out these lovely “pin up” style dresses from Pin Up Darling. The cut and length on these dresses flatter any body type and can even give the illusion of having an hourglass figure. What a dream! There’s nothing more attractive than the art of subtlety, which we seem to have lost through the years. Vintage fashion 101: Not all high fashion clothes then were burlesque. In fact, the majority of them weren’t and very rarely burlesque.

Back in the day, it was convenient to throw around the labels “lady” and “tramp” to classify a woman based on their clothing. Of course, both the words “lady” and “tramp” can be subjective and one judgmental, and the eyes can deceive—that is why to be a lady, her clothing must be accompanied by good manners as well. Boy, that woman would be hard to find now and “more precious than gold.” I definitely enjoy partaking in bathroom jokes often myself. ;-) I am my father’s daughter after all!

Although it’s quite easy to transform a regular outfit to look pin up, or should I say 50s just by simply working on your hairstyle, not every girl knows or has the time to primp glamorous hair right before going to work or school. To me, it’s easier to do that with clothing like with these modern conservative pin up dresses or with actual vintage , but every woman is different. Check out my past outfit below similar to the light grey dress above! I didn’t do anything special with my hair, as you can tell! Free flowing hair without victory rolls makes this look a bit more laid back and less stiff, eh?

madmenracheldahlvintagemodest50s
See more of these outfit shots on my Mad Men outfit post. The pillbox hat is for sale on my Etsy.

A vintage gal with the perfect combination of retro hair, makeup, clothing, accessories, ideals, and not to mention pop culture knowledge is an A+! I think I’ve only got the clothing, ideals, and pop culture knowledge part from that checklist. It might be something to live up to, but I think I’m happy with where I am right now. Here are some of my “throw back Thursday” photos from 2010 below. I was so incredibly thin then. I love the curves I’ve developed from my new lifestyle now = happier, healthier, and ironically, fitter! Moving back to the diet they had in the 50s is a step closer to what our bodies are meant to eat. I myself take it back to the paleo times. You won’t need a corset once you start eating like this!

modestvintageoutfitsracheldahl

 Links to original posts: Rosie the Riveter red and yellow outfitBeige office vintage outfitBlue sailor outfit

Vintage with modern elements is more my style. I don’t really want to recreate the common past, but I also don’t want to recreate the pin up past (which a lot of vintage fad followers seem to fall into). I just want to take elements from yesteryears that catch my eye that are both artful and flattering to my body type. I like the conservative but curvy 50s woman paired with the free spirited and fun loving nature of the 60s.

divider

How about you? What particular vintage style do you like to wear or admire?

Creative Commons License
ÀLAMODEST / à la Modest / à la Mode St. / alamodest / ALAMODEST / a la Modest / a la Mode St. by Rachel Dahl is licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

This site is about Indie / Conservative / Modest / Modesty / Christian / Christianity / Faith / God / Feminism / Fashion / Style / Indie / Alternative / Clothing / Conservative / Republican / Marriage